Traditional Dance and Music bring two island cultures together

Facial impressions, hand movements and body gestures tell the story in Balinese dance.

Bali and the Ryukyu Kingdom are divided by the Pacific, but Okinawa is putting together a really unique program of collaboration between Bali and Ryukyu performing arts teams.

A pair of Balinese dancers accompanied by a Gamelan percussion group.

The islands of both Bali and Okinawa are known for original traditional performing arts. On these small islands, thousands of dances and music were produced in the kingdom era, and these traditional performing arts of dance and music have come down to the next generation by adjusting to present interests  The National Theatre Okinawa is bringing the two cultures together on Sunday, Jan. 25th, with an afternoon and evening of music..

The show has four themes: ‘Traditional Dance’, ‘Masked Dance’, ‘Dance of Love’ and ‘Fisherman Dance’.  Balinese performers are from the group  Matahari Terbit.  The group formed in 2005 by mainly foreign students of Okinawa Prefectural College of Performing Arts as the group of a gamelan players and dancers.  They now play at a live house in Urasoe City, and at various events around the island.

Doors for the show open at 4:30 p.m. with the program beginning at 5 p.m.  Advance tickets are ¥3,000 for adults, or ¥3,500 at the door.  Children ages 5 ~ 18 pay in advance ¥2,500, or ¥3,000 at the door.  Tickets are available at e-plus, Co-op Apre, Ryubo Department Store, and at the National Theatre Okinawa ticket counter.